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Nuovi giovani coreani in Italia

«Domenica prossima porto l’ambasciatore della Corea del Nord a Verona per vedere Chievo- Genoa. Sabato siamo a Pescara per la partita di serie B col Carpi. Saremo in tribuna invitati dal presidente del Chievo Campedelli».

«Il Chievo – dice Razzi – è interessato alcuni dei quindici ragazzini coreani che arriveranno fra poco in Italia, a Corciano vicino Perugia. Alcuni sono dei veri fenomeni. L’ambasciatore viene per vedere dove vanno questi ragazzi, è tutto controllato dallo Stato. E’ una cosa normale, vuole essere sicuro di dove vanno i figli visto che la madre e il padre non possono farlo». «E poi – aggiunge Razzi – la notizia dell’uccisione della nazionale dopo la sconfitta con la Corea del Sud era una cazzata. Ma ‘ndo cazzo…sono bugie grosse. Ho chiamato l’ambasciatore e mi ha detto: che era falso e che ce l’hanno sempre con loro. È vero».



Players hitting peak declares delighted DPR Korea coach

Yangon: A hat-trick from Jo Kwang-myong and strikes from Kim Yu-song and So Jong-hyok saw three-time champions DPR Korea advance to the final of the AFC U-19 Championship in emphatic style with a 5-0 victory over Uzbekistan in Monday’s semi-final at Thuwunna Youth Training Centre Stadium.

Jo got his side off to a dream start with a strike on four minutes to give DPR Korea an early lead before the same player doubled the advantage on the 38th minute to put the East Asians two goals to the good at half-time.
Although Uzbekistan looked for an instant reply following halftime, in a blistering three-goal, nine minute second-half spell the game was effectively over. Jo completed his treble on 65 minutes before Kim and So netted in swift succession to take the lead to five goals and seal the fate of the 2012 semi-finalists, who had reached the final four with an unbeaten record.
And DPR Korea, who will now advance to Thursday’s final, got off to the perfect start when Jo got on the score-sheet within the opening four minutes.
The striker took advantage of some hesitant defending to cut in from the left and crash a shot against the near post, the ball then ricocheted off the woodwork to hit the prostrate form of Uzbekistan custodian Dilshod Khamraev and rebounded backwards across the goal-line.
Eldor Shomurodov almost got the White Wolves back on level terms just eight minutes later, though, as his cross-cum-shot from the right flank almost caught Cha Jong-Hun off-guard at his near post, with his belated back-tracking save needing the assistance of the left-hand post to avert the danger.
The Uzbekistan number nine continued to look the most likely to restore parity for the Central Asians, and Shomurodov broke free on the left of the penalty area just before the half-hour mark, but his low drive was deflected over the crossbar by Cha’s out-stretched leg in another sprawling save by the Korean custodian.
But DPR Korea always looked a thread on the counter and with seven minutes before the half-time interval the East Asians had their second as Jo chested down Kang Nam-gwon’s header from his central position on the edge of the penalty area before sending a well-struck volley into the bottom left-hand corner.
Following the restart, Ravshan Khaydarov threw on forward Dostonbek Khamdamov to add threat to his blunted attack, but it was DPR Korea who scored a crucial third.
And it came from a familiar source as on 65 minutes, as Jo was quickest to react to a chested down pass on the edge of the penalty area and the forward hammered a vicious half-volley past Khamraev to give him his fifth goal of the tournament and complete his hat-trick.
Shomurodov twice went close to reducing the deficit with efforts from close-range but Cha was equal to his efforts with smart saves.
But Jon Kum-dong’s twisting run on with 18 minutes remaining brought a fourth goal for An Ye-gun’s side as the full-back forced his way deep into the penalty area before cutting back for So who could not miss from six-yards out.
And two minutes later DPR Korea had their fifth as Kim Chol-min’s inch-perfect low cross from the right-flank rolled invitingly into the path of the onrushing second-half substitute So who swept the ball home.
Uzbekistan sought a consolation goal but Cha was in no mood for charity, blocking Khamdamov’s strike from close-range to ensure a clean-sheet for the Koreans as they marched confidently to their third final in the last five tournaments in ominous form.

Players hitting peak declares delighted DPR Korea coach

Yangon: Coach An Ye-gun warned his potential AFC U-19 Championship final opponents that the DPR Korea players have now hit their mental and physical peak after their comprehensive 5-0 victory over Uzbekistan in Monday’s semi-final at Thuwunna Youth Training Centre Stadium.

A hat-trick from Jo Kwang-myong and second-half goals from Kim Yu-song and So Jong-hyok underlined a hugely impressive performance from the three-time champions as Uzbekistan struggled to cope with the clinical precision of the Korean attack.

And with Thursday’s final to be the East Asians third in the last five editions of the tournament, An is confident that his players are now at their optimum playing capacity.

“In the group stage we weren’t physically recovered from our travel nor used to the environment here in Myanmar, but in today’s match we felt ready and physically and mentally strong,” said An (pictured).

“Uzbekistan, by contrast, weren’t as strong as I was anticipating and the physical condition of their player also wasn’t as good as I was expecting, that’s why we could shut down their play.

“This is also why we could focus on playing a more attacking style and when we play like we did today then you can see the result with five goals.”

Jo’s three goals also take him into the top three on the top goal scorer chart and An had words of praise for the forward.

“I started Jo on the bench for the first game but he showed me his excellent skills and the ease with which he adjusted to the environment, so I started him after that and he has put in some excellent performances since then,” added An.

Opposite number Ravshan Khaydarov blamed his players’ complacency for the heavy defeat coming on the heels of their quarter-final victory over Thailand which had secured them a place in next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.

“The defeat today was to do with the psychology of the youngsters in our team,” said Uzbekistan coach Khaydarov.

“After qualifying for the World Cup they were too relaxed, they thought the mission was already accomplished and maybe they thought they could easily pass the semi-final stage.

“DPR Korea had a very good shape, a good team and although we certainly played our worst performance of the tournament today that doesn’t mean the Koreans didn’t deserve the win – they were too good for us.”

The Uzbekistan coach also predicted that the East Asians, who last won the tournament in 2010, would now go on to win the title.

“If DPR Korea continue to play like this then they are stronger than their potential opponents in the final. But, of course, it’s hard to predict a winner in a 90 minute game,” he added.

Finalissima U19: RPDC – Qatar

Sarà RPDC – Qatar la finalissima del campionato asiatico under19.
I qatarioti, in semifinale, hanno superato i padroni di casa del Myanmar per 3-2.
Myanmar 2-3 Qatar (FT)
Moez 45+1 (QTA)
Aung Thu 62 min (MYA)
Nyein Chan Aung 63 min (MYA)
Afif 75min (QTA)
Abdou 92min (QTA)

Nel girone eliminatorio le due squadre si erano già incontrate: fini 3-1 per il Qatar.

5-0 ed è finale!

E’ Jo Kwang-Myong il protagonista assoluto della semifinale dell’AFC U19. Con una tripletta il centrocampista numero 13 della Corea Popolare stende l’Uzbekistan e porta la sua squadra nella finalissima.
La prima rete arriva al quinto minuto, dopo una bellissima azione partita dalla sinistra, con Jo che si accentra, salta due uomini e fa partire un destro che dopo aver sbattuto sul palo e sul portiere avversario si insacca in rete.
Il raddoppio arriva al 39 con Jo abile a sfruttare un cross dalla destra ribattuto dalla difesa. Con un tiro al volo da centro area infatti riesce a superare l’estremo difensore uzbeko.
Con la Corea che amministra senza grosse preoccupazioni l’incontro e ancora Jo a chiudere la gara al 63′ con un gol simile al secondo: cross su punizione, sponda di Kim Yu-Song e tiro da posizione centrale sul quale Khamarev non può nulla.
Al 75′ la Corea dilaga con Kim Yu-Song che da centroarea segna nella porta sguarnita.
Ma i Chollima non si fermano e 5 minuti con So Jong-Hyok trovano in contropiede il quinto gol.

Reviving a North-South sporting tradition

It was the talk of the town in October 1929.

The first-ever football tournament between Gyeongseong, as Seoul was called back then, and Pyongyang, the two main cities on the Korean Peninsula, was scheduled for Oct. 8, 1929, at Whimoon High School in Seoul.

The contest brought in the who’s who of one of the most popular sports of the era. In the 1920s – when Korea was under Japanese colonization – football became very popular in Korea, mostly among students in Seoul and Pyongyang.

The venue was overcrowded with fans who had flocked to see high-profile sports figures like Yeo Yoon-hyeong, Hyeon Jeong-ju and Lee Yeong-min.

Three rounds took place. The first game was a neck-and-neck match that ended in a tie, but Pyongyang managed to win the second and third matches.

A sporting tradition is launched

This was the start of the legendary Gyeong-Pyong Soccer Tournament.

Football fans were disappointed when the competition did not take place in 1931 and 1932 due to internal issues of the organizers, but it was revived in 1933.

“From this year, the joyous regular match will take place,” a Dong-a Ilbo article on Oct. 8, 1933, reported, under the headline “Big festivities in the area of football, Gyeong-Pyong.”

But the tournament stopped running in 1935 amid Japanese pressure and issues such as controversial referee calls and fights between cheer squads. In 1946, a year after Korea was liberated from Japan, the beloved tournament was revived. But amid political chaos and the ensuing division of the country after the 1950-53 Korean War, it was never repeated.

Yonhap News recently reported that Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon is working to bring the tournament back next year to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

The report said the Seoul Metropolitan Government is in talks to revive the games with officials from the Korea Football Association, the Korean Olympic Committee and the Seoul Sports Council, among others. It added that it is deliberating whether it should be a game of professionals, amateurs or even teenagers.

In an Oct. 7 press conference, Park suggested he had an intention to restore the sporting tradition.

“The central government has also asked regional governments to play their roles in inter-Korean projects,” Park said.

“I believe there is a higher chance that Seoul can play its part, realizing projects like the Gyeong-Pyong Soccer Tournament and a joint concert with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.”

As this isn’t the first time Park has discussed his wish to revive the tournament, some media have dubbed the project Park’s “long-cherished wish.”

But Park is hardly the first Seoul city mayor to envision the Gyeong-Pyong Soccer Tournament’s comeback. In the late 1990s, former Seoul City Mayor Goh Kun suggested the possibility, although to no avail.

It took an inter-Korean match between female football teams on Sept. 29 at the Asian Games and the men’s football teams on Oct. 2, however, to remind people that culture and sports events can bring people of different ideologies together. Calls for a Gyeong-Pyong Soccer Tournament were renewed as a result.

Won Yoo-chul, a ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker, said on Oct. 8 that the conservative party had rooted for the North Korean female players at the inter-Korean match on Sept. 29, adding, “it would be nice to revive the Gyeong-Pyong Soccer Match and hold the games in Seoul and Pyongyang in turn.”

Political volatility

There have been close to no inter-Korean cultural exchanges since the North’s sinking of the South’s Cheonan warship near the Yellow Sea border in March 2010. Yet there have been increasing calls to engender cultural ties regardless of political tensions between the two Koreas, particularly because next year is special for both the South and North.

President Park Geun-hye, in her Aug. 15 liberation day speech, said that inter-Korean cooperation in the culture area could pave the way for reconciliation.

“It would mean a lot if the two Koreas plan a cultural project that can commemorate the 70th anniversary of independence,” Park said, especially citing joint archaeological explorations of cultural heritage.

But can inter-Korean cultural exchanges really be free from politics?

History says no. Take for instance the joint excavation of Manwoldae, a vast 10th-century royal palace complex in Kaesong, North Korea.

The archeological project was set to begin on July 3, 2006, during the Roh Moo-hyun administration, which sought friendly relations with the North. But on June 30, North Korean archaeologists sent a fax saying that the project had to be postponed. In October 2006, the North conducted a nuclear test souring inter-Korean relations, and it wasn’t until May 2007 that the excavation begun.

The dig was then halted in 2010 due to the Cheonan incident. It briefly resumed in 2011, but with the sudden death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, archaeologists from the Communist nation retreated from the work.

The excavation didn’t take place in 2012 and 2013 but resumed this year, although sources say the Seoul government didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. One Cultural Heritage Administration insider told the Korea JoongAng Daily in September that “the government seems to want to keep low-profile of the latest excavation [due to current inter-Korean relations].”

The situation does not differ all that much with a project to create a joint dictionary for South and North Korea. The project was first inked in 2004 and in January 2006 a compilation committee was launched. However, regular meetings have been stalled since December 2009.

The meetings resumed in July this year.

At a recent parliamentary audit, lawmakers criticized the Ministry of Culture for not allocating a budget for inter-Korean cultural exchanges for next year.

“Political negotiations with the North are difficult,” said Park Chang-sik, a lawmaker with the ruling Saenuri Party, “but cultural exchanges could pave the way to convince the North to abandon its missiles and nuclear ambitions.”


Kim Jong Un Meets with Gold Medalists and Their Coaches

    Pyongyang, October 19 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, met together with Ri Sol Ju players who bagged gold medals at the 17th Asian Games and recent world championships and their coaches.    They were women footballers, weightlifters Kim Un Guk, Om Yun Chol, Ri Jong Hwa and Kim Un Ju, boxer Jang Un Hui, wrestler Jong Hak Jin, shooter Kim Ji Song, heavy gymnastics player Kim Un Hyang and table tennis player Kim Hyok Bong, gold medalists at the 17th Asian Games, Hong Un Jong who grabbed gold medals at the 17th Asian Games and the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, Yang Kyong Il, gold medalist at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships, Ri Se Gwang, gold medalist at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, chief coach Kim Kwang Min and other coaches.Kim Jong Un shook hands with the players and coaches one by one, congratulated them on their successes and had a warm talk with them.

He, on behalf of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the DPRK government and all the Korean people, once again warmly congratulated and heartily thanked them for winning gold medals at the 17th Asian Games and world championships and thereby devotedly exalting the dignity of the DPRK and flying the flags of the DPRK.

He said the spectacular successes achieved recently were the great victories they won by waging struggles to protect the high dignity of the Korean people and the persevering fighting spirit they displayed at each match represented the stamina of the fighting service personnel and people of the country.

He noted that the players and coaches proved the validity and vitality of the party’s plan for building a sports powerhouse through the 17th Asian Games and world championships, adding that the news of the victories won at the games instilled confidence in sure victory and optimism into all the service personnel and people and encouraged them to perform unprecedented miracles and innovations at the work sites for building a rich and powerful nation.

Learning that player Kim Jong was not able to have the honor to be present on this occasion as she was away from the country for an international competition, he promised to surely meet her when she was back home.

Expressing the expectation and conviction that they would fully demonstrate the dignity and might of Kim Il Sung‘s nation and Kim Jong Il‘s Korea at each international game for Asian and world titles, he had a photo session with them.

He hosted a banquet in honor of the players and coaches on the same day.

Also present there were Hwang Pyong So, Choe Ryong Hae, O Il Jong, Han Kwang Sang, Pak Myong Chol, Kim Yong Hun, O Kum Chol, Ri Jong Mu and other senior officials of the party, state and army. -0-

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